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Featured Blogger: Little Bitty Bakes

This week’s Featured Blogger, Liz from Little Bitty Bakes, is just a hop, skip and a jump from our home in Central New York. If she’s not pounding the pavement training for her next race, she’s in the kitchen whipping up drool-worthy treats. Hey neighbor, wanna send a few batches over next time? :)

Until she renames her blog “Little Bitty Bakes with Chobani” (we can dream, right?), Liz has started the {CHOrific Recipe} series to feature Chobani-inspired dishes. Read on below for a bit about Liz, and her latest recipe: Passion Fruit Mini CHOcakes!

About me:  I’m a 26-year old from and currently living in Central New York.  An athlete by early morning (I swam my entire life, through college, and I’m now a runner), marketing professional by day, and foodie/blogger/lover of all things sports by night.  I could definitely use a 25th or 26th hour in the day!

About Little Bitty Bakes: I’ve been baking and cooking for years but I started my blog in 2010 as a way for me to keep track of and share my recipes with my immediate family and friends.  Two years later, my blog has evolved to something I’d have never dreamed – the “blog world” is a great place with so many great people, both bloggers and readers!

Where I Get My Recipe Inspiration:  On my blog, I try to share recipes that are creative, yet simple and practical.  I believe making food is fun, and everyone should be able to do it!  When creating recipes, I think about everything from seasonal flavors to childhood favorites to trendy products, and never ever share anything that I haven’t tasted myself. I want to make sure it’s worth sharing.  Strangely, I tend to brainstorm my best recipes while I’m out running.  I guess I could blame hunger and fatigue!

Why I started the CHOrific recipe series:  A better question might be, why hasn’t anyone else started it?!  The simplest answer is that I just love Chobani yogurt.  I’d say I’m its #1 fan but I’m pretty sure I’d have several thousand arguing with me on that!  When I first started Chobani eating it a couple years ago, I always ate it traditionally (you know, with a spoon, straight out of the container).  But little by little, the recipe creator inside of me started to experiment with Chobani in recipes.  It’s really so versatile and can be used in so many different recipes, so that’s what inspired me to start the CHOrific series.  I want others to enjoy my out-of-the-container thinking!

Passion Fruit Mini CHOcakes

Chobani Passion Fruit Greek yogurt makes for a sweet treat reminiscent of cheesecake with a lighter texture.  If you don’t have mini phyllo shells, make a quick graham cracker crust to use as a base. 

Makes 1 1/2 dozen

— 18 mini phyllo shells (I used Athens)

— 1 (6-ounce) container Chobani 2% Passion Fruit Greek yogurt

— 1 large egg white

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Set the mini phyllo shells at least 1 inch apart on a large ungreased cookie sheet.

In a small mixing bowl, stir the yogurt and egg white with a wire whisk until well blended.  Spoon the mixture into the phyllo shells.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until filling is set.  Allow to cool 10 minutes, then place in refrigerator to cool completely.  If desired, top each shell with fresh fruit, jam, or whipped cream.

A few of Liz’s other tasty CHOrific recipes:

Syracuse Mac & Cheese

Blood Orange Chobani Cookies

Peanut Butter Yogurt Pie

NaCHO Cheese Dip

Now wipe the drool off your keyboard, head on over to Little Bitty Bakes, and start whipping up some of her CHOrific recipes!